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Gualeguaychú, Entre Ríos
Sitting in the northern province of Entre Ríos, Gualeguaychú (say “walleh-why-CHOO”) is one of the must-see cities in all of Argentina, but for more than just one reason. Not only is it surrounded by beautiful landscapes on all sides, but it is home to the biggest party in Argentina, on a yearly basis.
Known as Carnival of the Country (Carnaval del País, in Spanish), it is the focal point of the Carnival celebrations of Argentina. Yes, there are celebrations in other parts of the country, but the largest and most colorful are all over Entre Ríos, with the grandest being right in Gualeguaychú. From the end of January until the beginning of March, this city is brimming with sequins, music, dance and feathers; an explosion of energy.
Gualeguaychú sits on the banks of the Gualeguaychú River, near the Uruguay River, both of which feed the rich green vegetation that is characteristic of the region. White sand beaches line the riverbanks, with small forests of unique, native ñandubay and aromito trees. Sport fishing is possible here, as are other water-based excursions, such as motorboat, sailboat and catamaran rides. This Argentina Travel Guide has more information about Carnival in Entre Ríos but the city is more than just a weeks-long party. It is a great place to visit year round; the whole Carnival thing is really just the cherry on top.
Gualeguaychú is also home to a variety of adventure tourism, such as 4×4 outings, paragliding, and hiking. If you’d like to get a taste of country living, you can visit the many rural establishments which will teach you about life in the Argentine countryside, and all the work that goes with it: cheese making, artisan products and sweets, as well as farming and livestock raising. The area is known for the warmth and hospitality of the farm and estancia owners.
Another must-see while in Gualeguaychú is the reserve, called Parque Reserva Las Piedras. Only 12 kilometers from the city, it protects a variety of flora and fauna in their natural environment.
If you’ve come to relax, or you simply need a break after all your outdoor activities, don’t pass up the thermal baths, or the Termas de Gualeguaychú, off of Ruta 42. With deep, natural pools, this 20-hectare complex is the perfect place to revitalize your body and mind. There are various recreation areas, and a variety of sleeping options; it’s great for the entire family. There are also the Termas de Guaychu in the area, a bit farther away but also worth the trip, along Ruta 14.
Within the city you will find all sorts of points of interest, including an archeological museum, the Catedral San Jose, and a number of other historical and cultural sites. The Corsófromo should also be visited, which is where the Carnival celebrations are held each year. Whether you prefer the city or the country, or maybe a mix of the two, Gualeguaychú is a rich city with no shortage of activities.